Journalism and Creative Writing BA(Hons)
On this course you’ll explore new ways of storytelling, gain a real understanding of journalism, and graduate with a set of transferable skills to maximise your chance to make an impact in the contemporary media and literary world.
|Course Duration||3 years|
This joint degree blends practising and analysing digital journalism with developing your writing skills in a range of fictional and non-fictional contexts, from poetry and screenwriting through to lifestyle and children’s fiction.
- Create a freelance portfolio in your third year, showcasing the writing skills you’ve learnt and preparing you for your career ahead.
- Have full access to our state-of-the-art equipment and studios.
- Attend our guest lecture series which has included leading industry figures like Kate Adie and George Monbiot.
- Benefit from our Writer in Residence programme, with talks, workshops and discussions.
- Have the chance to go on regular trips, including our third year trip to New York.
What our students do
What you'll learn
Drawing on fields like digital humanities and English studies, you’ll learn to solve problems, collaborate, promote your work and effectively manage your time. You’ll also learn creative writing skills like producing arguments, analysing texts and practices, framing and completing enquiry and research, and understanding writing principles and practices.
We’ll go over all the journalism essentials, from telling true stories, to the language of news and opinion writing, to politics and media law. You’ll also develop critical thinking skills, learn to make and market a blog, and begin using a range of equipment, like video and audio recording kit.
The Craft of Writing
Blogging & the Personal Voice
Creative Writing Strategies
You’ll experiment with genre and form, and learn more about audience and context through core modules. There’ll also be the chance to choose which forms of creative writing most appeal to you - screenwriting, sci-fi, or writing for radio.
Genre and Form
Magazine Content & Creation
Features & Long Form
Audience and Context
Journalism & Communications Research
Creative Writing Options (Students pick from: Screen Writing / Business & Editorial Writing / Writing for Radio / Science Fiction)
With more self-directed learning, you’ll take on projects focused on your chosen path. You can specialise in everything from crime to culture, fashion to foreign news, as well as novels, poetry, writing for children, and travel writing. And by creating a freelance portfolio, you’ll further prepare for your career.
Specialist Correspondent (students pick a specialism such as crime & courts or global affairs) or Lifestyle Journalism
Creative Writing Options (students pick two from: Lifestyle Writing: food, fashion, sport & health; Travel, Place and Environment Writing or Children and Young Adult Writing)
Creative Writing Portfolio
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
The course features practical and peer-reviewed workshops, lectures, seminars, and self-directed work. You’ll get a good deal of tutor contact time each week, and the chance for frequent one-to-one tutorials.
We’ll push you to make the most of any outside opportunities, so you can make the most of our facilities and support.
Our visiting speakers and Writers in Residence have included Lionel Shriver, Philip Marsden and Simon Armitage. Their lectures and workshops help students gain valuable industry insights and expertise.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- Continuous assessment
- One exam on politics & law for journalists
- Coursework and e-learning exercises
- Critical evaluation
- Final year dissertation
You’ll be taught and supported by industry professionals with experience working with the BBC, Reuters, the Oxford Mail and Wavelength, as well as published writers and academics specialising in everything from screenwriting to publishing to writing for games.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Andy is a former deputy editor of the Oxford Mail, who worked in the newspaper industry for 20...
David is a lecturer and PhD candidate at Falmouth University...
Rupert Loydell was born in London, where he attended Latymer Upper School. After taking an Art...
Kevin Bishop is an broadcast news producer with over 30 years experience in newsgathering....
Graduating as a mature student with an English and media studies degree in 2001 (...
Having spent five years teaching English in France, I moved back to the UK in 2015 to complete...
Dr Abigail Wincott
Abigail Wincott has over 20 years' experience as a journalist in print, broadcast and online,...
I have been involved with performance and media technologies over many years - playing/singing...
- A well-equipped digital newsroom with news feed.
- 25 workstations with professional scriptwriting and editing software.
- The Soundhouse, our dedicated radio studio.
- A wide range of DV cameras and audio recording devices.
- Exclusive use of The Lighthouse, the School’s new study and meeting space.
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: 39B4
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Interview information & application advice
How to Apply
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What is a portfolio and how do you make one? Read our guide.
Personal Statement Guide
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Interview Information: Journalism and Creative Writing BA(Hons)
Find out what to expect at your Journalism and Creative Writing interview.
After You Apply
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What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Is enthusiastic and committed, with experience in relevant subjects.
- Has been involved in a school magazine, personal blog or similar.
- Knows about world affairs, politics and popular culture.
- Makes informed references to current developments across a range of subjects.
- Has analytical skills, and can comment intelligently and incisively on recent news events and campaigns by various causes.
- Shows independence and initiative.
- Has extra-curricular interests, part-time jobs or hobbies.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time international
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
Typical course costs
- £100-£200 - Recurring annual costs
- £600 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
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